MacBook Pro 2011 17" ExpressCard - will it work eventually?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tim0, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. Tim0 macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2013
    I am considering MBP 2011 17" purchase and would like a USB 3.0 connectivity via ExpressCard slot - however, it appears that ExpressCard support has been rather limited in Mavericks and Yosemite. Just wondering if anything changed with later releases. Also, there is a seller on eBay who offers "2 Port USB 3.0 ExpressCard 34 Adapter *MacBook Pro 15"/17" *OSX Native Supported" for $34.98 (vs $7-$10 for generic adapters):

    Would you say this is for real? Did anyone try this?
  2. Fl0r!an macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2007
    Yes, it's all about the chipset in the ExpressCards. There are quite a lot different, and most of them will need 3rd party drivers which tend to get killed by major Apple updates.

    The only native chipsets (beside Intels integrated) are from Fresco. Apple has used them in some Mac themselves, so they work OOB. The ExpressCard you mentioned seems to use one of them, thus it has native support.
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    That is an incredibly bad buy those machines have a very well known graphics card issue that is covered by apple until feb next year, if it dies after that (and it will) then that's it dead macbook.

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